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Jay Middle School principal faces trial in death of boater

Roger Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, is charged in Delaware County District Court with first-degree manslaughter, a felony, and reckless operation of a vessel, a misdemeanor.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: December 19, 2012

When pulling the boat from the dock, Brooks and Shane Carroll switched places, putting the elder Carroll in the driver's seat, Smith said.

“He (Roger Shane Carroll) threw the throttle down real hard,” Smith said, making a hand maneuver. “Like you were peeling out.

“Then it (the boat) hit something, and I'm in the water.”

Throughout Smith's testimony, the elder Carroll shook his head in disagreement and showed signs of discomfort when Smith testified that Shane Carroll was driving the boat at the time of the crash.

Winston Connor II, Carroll's attorney, has repeatedly denied his client was operating the boat when it crashed.

Smith testified Carroll drank moonshine, Four Loko, and light beer earlier in the evening while attending a wedding reception.

The four had a “good buzz” on, Smith said in court, referring to their level of intoxication.

John Allen, a witness to the accident, testified he heard Shane Carroll tell his son, “Make sure you tell them Monte was driving the boat.”

Judge denies motions

Associate Judge Barry Denney overruled two motions filed by Connor.

One motion called for evidence regarding the seizure of a cellphone be dismissed, and the other motion sought to have Carroll's blood-alcohol test be thrown out.

A blood-alcohol test taken almost three-and-half hours after the crash showed Shane Carroll blood alcohol registered 0.09, just above the legal limit of 0.08, according to court records.

Carroll is on unpaid administrative leave from the school until the conclusion of his criminal proceedings.

He is to return to court on Jan. 2 for district court arraignment. has disabled the comments for this article.